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Chinese New Year 2008

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Chinese gateway, Newcastle

It’s the year of the rat!

We have a very small Chinese community here in South Shields (I’m old enough to remember a traditional Chinese laundry opening in Eldon Street when I was a lad), many of whom are engaged in the catering and hospitality sector. Our regional capital Newcastle-upon-Tyne is only 13 miles from South Shields and it has it’s own “Chinatown” and this is where very large celebrations took place yesterday for the Chinese New Year.

I make a point of going along to capture the sheer colour and ambience of the event, so this post will herald the beginning of a week of pictures marking the beginning of the year of the rat. Chinatown in Newcastle is centred around the Stowell Street and Blackfriars area and bounded on two sides by the medieval city walls. Yesterday the crowds were HUGE, the firecrackers were extremely noisy, the costumes colourful, and the entertainment and food were plentiful. “Missy” and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

I’ll start the series with a picture of the ornate gateway at the top of St. Andrew’s Street at it’s junction with Gallowgate. (I have managed to clone out St. James’ Park football ground – as a Sunderland supporter I considered it my duty!)

Enjoy your break away from South Shields this week!

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 35mm lens, 1/125 second, f6.7, iso 200

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Written by curly

February 11, 2008 at 12:01 am

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